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We Certify Buildings!

Credible and objective measurement for green buildings in Kenya & Africa

Our suite of rating systems offer tools for almost any type of building. Certification creates a universal platform for credible and objective measurement of green buildings. Each tool recognises and rewards environmental leadership and is a recognised symbol of sustainability achievement. The rating systems and tools create a common language and standard of measurement for green buildings, promoting integrated, whole-building design. There is a rating tool for most projects, from precincts to homes to existing buildings and interior fit outs and more.

How we certify buildings

Independent third party verification system

The KGBS has invested and researched the development of each rating tool using market research and local context reports for each tool. Each tool is released in pilot form before becoming available as version one. The certification process of each building is managed internally by a case manager and externally by the appointed assessors and/or moderators. Each certification is subject to these independent third party individuals who provide transparent feedback to the case manager and project team/accredited professional. The certification period varies depending on the tool type (Green Star / EDGE etc) you are using.

About our rating tools

An innovation of IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, EDGE makes it faster, easier and more affordable than ever before to build and brand green. EDGE reveals the systems and solutions that work best for your climate, bringing international cachet to your certified project without losing the local context. Meet the growing expectations of your customers by creating value and positively impacting their lives, resulting in greater profitability and a healthier environment for all.

EDGE makes it faster and easier than ever before to certify a project green. Earn a minimum of 20% savings in energy, water and embodied energy in materials, and your project can be certified. Determine the most cost-effective choices for building green and estimated utility savings. Obtain a preliminary EDGE certificate at the design stage and promote your project with the EDGE brand even before its been built. Final certification is required once your project is constructed. EDGE brings a numbers-based approach to certification, helping you to attract new customers and make a statement of environmental responsibility.

aAbout Arc

Arc is a new digital platform that uses data to help measure and improve sustainability performance across the built environment, from buildings to cities and beyond. Arc’s data-centric approach connects actions and tracks progress through a performance score that allows projects to track and benchmark progress. Arc is the first-of-its-kind to track sustainability progress through a performance score to help drive continuous and incremental improvement. Arc scores create a holistic picture of the results of sustainability efforts at the building, portfolios, and community levels. Through the initial step of tracking data, Arc gives any project an immediate entry point to the world of performance measurement and certification, no matter where they are on their sustainability journey.

What Is Arc

  • Arc Skoru Inc. is a technology company created by Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) to support the visions of GBCI, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and its partners. Arc helps buildings and places collect, manage and benchmark data to improve performance. It empowers teams to connect and collaborate as they work toward a higher quality of life.
  • Arc calculates a performance score out of 100, based on data. Arc integrates with Energy Star Portfolio Manager and other industry tools to help teams identify opportunities.
  • Arc is a performance solution for every tenant space, building, portfolio, and community. The Arc platform is helping spaces and places perform at the highest levels and demonstrate economic, environmental and social responsibility.
  • Arc is the online interface for LEED and other certifications. Projects can use Arc to pursue certification using the LEED v4.1 beta, LEED v4 O+M, LEED v4 O+M: Transit, LEED for Cities or LEED for Communities rating systems. Parksmart projects also now register using Arc. Projects that are not pursuing LEED or another certification can still use Arc to benchmark and track progress. Arc helps those projects see where they are and what next steps could help them improve performance or move them closer to certification.

About LEED

LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the most widely used green building rating system in the world. Available for virtually all building, community and home project types, LEED provides a framework to create healthy, highly efficient and cost-saving green buildings. LEED certification is a globally recognized symbol of sustainability achievement.